Many on the real Right (as opposed to the statist Republican elite) are positively gleeful of the remote prospect….the faintest possibility….that the Republican Party will disintegrate with another election loss in November. It is difficult to reconcile the yawning gulf between what many rank and file Republicans want from their party and what the moneyed interests have insisted upon for years. Immigration, bloated spending, passivity in the face of Democrat aggression; the list goes on and on.
Both Cruz and Rubio are seen as Republicans; one as curmudgeonly and anti-establishment, and one as mainstream. But Republicans they are, and they will live and die with the Party. If one of them gets the nomination and loses the general election, it will be difficult for the Republican party to continue as it is currently structured. Oh, they will pontificate about electability, but McCain and Romney were supposed to be electable, and those plans didn’t work out too well. They will yammer on about outreach and inclusiveness and blah, blah, blah. But their time will have, hopefully, passed, and if we are lucky a new party will be built on the bones of the old. One that returns to those quaint ideals of the Constitution, limited government, loyalty to our allies, a strong defense and territorial integrity.
Donald Trump has no such connection. He was never a part of the old-boy network in the Senate. He played politics with and gave money to both sides, and until recently had no policy positions other than “What’s good for Trump is good for America.” He is running for the Republican nomination (for now) and that is the extent of his connection with the party. if he wins the nomination and loses the general — and that is a possibility if one looks at his negatives — the Republican Party will have an ironclad excuse. “He isn’t one of us!” “We told you so, but you didn’t listen!”
It is ironic that the man whose wildly popular pronouncements about immigration makes inside-the-beltway Republicans tremble in fear that their Chamber of Commerce money will dry up, will be the vehicle to allow them to survive another four years, until they nominate another statist hack who gets slaughtered in the general election.